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Windows 10 | Is It Worth Upgrading
Windows 10 has a unique story. The story starts at Windows Vista and ends up here today as Windows 10. Currently Windows 7 & 8 users can upgrade for free. That’s right… FREE. Why? I will discuss that in a moment, but first lets go over what Windows 10 is all about. The upgrade is absolutely worth it for some people. For those using Windows 7, it’s certainly worth looking into. The duration of support Microsoft offers is unclear right now and it’s an ideal upgrade for 7 users. For Windows 8 users, it’s a step back, but in a good way. It’s also a step forward. In essence, more of a step forward than back. I will explain that shortly.
Some consumers have not upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7 yet, because of having to spend an extra 100 to 300+ dollars, depending on what version of the operating system they wanted or needed. Vista was an absolute failure which laid out the launch of Windows 7. Vista’s failure, due to lagging performance and too many bugs in the system, also contributed to the upgrade to Windows 7 skepticism for many. Windows 7 actually turned out to be a very well established operating system due to it’s much better performance and reliability. After a while, it caught on and gained traction. It was a success. Then Windows 8 happened.
Windows 8 confused consumers by changing the whole format and interface of the operating system by adding the start menu screen and app integration within it. The classic start button was lost and this caused disarray among users. The start menu was a touch friendly integration into the operating system that people just didn’t understand. At the time it launched, you might say it would have been better just added to smartphones and tablets. Laptop PC and desktop PC buyers alike, were requesting their new machines with Windows 8 already installed, to be reverted to Windows 7. Needless to say, a lot of people have gotten used to the Windows 8 user platform and it’s stable. It is a good, overall, operating system and has it’s perks in comparison to Windows 7. Now we have Windows 10. If you are thinking about upgrading, the next couple of segments should help you make your decision.
Windows 10 | Upgrading From Windows 7 & 8
If your using Windows 7, chances are you didn’t like Windows 8. Or at least the idea of it. I don’t blame you. Unfortunately Microsoft is having a hard time gaining it’s consumer faith and trust back. There is good news in Windows 10. It’s a lot like windows 7. You could almost say it’s a step backwards from Windows 8, but not quite. It still carries all of the bells and whistles that 8 has, except in a 7 kind of set-up. We now have our beloved start button back and it’s better than ever. The ease of navigation that Windows 8 was lacking has made this operating system even more navigable than Windows 7 or 8. I have used Windows 8 and 8.1 for it’s lifetime and I have to say that Microsoft may just be onto something with the new upgrade. It’s free and that’s great! The best part about the upgrade to Windows 10 is the operating system is very familiar to Windows 7 users, without leaving the 8 users behind. This is good for consumers and Microsoft alike. It clears any haze that Microsoft’s typical transition to a new operating system had created in the past. It’s touch screen compatible which makes this upgrade very ideal if you have multiple devices. The sync and sharing abilities are off the charts compared to Windows 7 and it seems that stability, performance and reliability is all there, so far. That’s a good start for Microsoft’s upgrade launch.
There are new perks within a lot of the default programs and some of them have just changed all together. Some programs that came with Windows in the past have changed a lot and some just a little. Some programs are no longer there. Even classic games like the Windows solitaire. It’s still no longer part of the install, but you can get it free from Microsoft Store or XBOX Live within the start menu.
Just like any update, there are a few compatibility issues to keep in mind depending on the PC you are installing to. You can find the issues in the Windows 10 upgrade notification by right clicking on it. Select “Check your upgrade status”. When the window pops up, click the menu icon with horizontal lines and tap “Check your PC”. The app will inform you if your PC is compatible or not. It will give you a list of items on your computer that may have issues if Windows 10 is installed. This should give you an idea of whether your PC should be upgraded or not. So far I have upgraded computers without having compatibility issues. Up until this article, I’ve updated PCs that are as old as 2007. I’ve upgraded them from Windows 8 and 7 alike.
Windows 10 | The Reason It’s Free
Right now, Windows 10 is free. There are rumors that “free” may not last for too long. Maybe just a few weeks or months. That’s pure rumor. Windows 10 is a free upgrade for all Windows 7 PC and Windows 8.1 PC, tablet and phone users, for a year, starting July 29th 2015. This upgrade is free for a few reasons. The 1st and biggest reason is that Microsoft knows very well that it has flopped Windows 8 pretty hard. The repercussions were heavy. They lost the faith and trust of a lot of Microsoft consumers. They need the recognition. The 2nd reason, Apple is upgrading their operating systems for free. Simple competition. Another reason, Microsoft reported, is to reveal the value of a paid Windows program vs. a pirated copy. Now that you know it’s worth at least a shot, lets show you how to upgrade now.
Windows 10 | Upgrade Now Instead Of Later
Yes. There is a way to upgrade now. Of course, if it proves to be a bit much for you to handle, Future Speed PC can handle it for you. If you are in the Mandeville, La. area, just contact us by tapping here and we would be happy to help. For the do-it-yourselfers, you have probably seen the little Windows 10 upgrade notification icon. They presented it at the quick launch bar in the right lower corner of your screen. If you don’t see it, simply update your windows (Windows 7 | Windows 8) through your control panel. Once you have finished installing all updates to your current version of Windows, you should see the upgrade notification in your quick launch bar. It tells you to reserve your copy and it will update your computer automatically when you get your turn. They are launching the automatic upgrade in waves. The message is pretty cut and dry and doesn’t really explain how to upgrade manually. The manual upgrade is considerably longer to install, requires you to click a few buttons and make a choice or two. It’s very easy though. I have the 64 bit and 32 bit links posted below. To find out which version you need, right click “My Computer” or “Computer” (Both are located in your start menu or start screen by default.). Choose properties and check to see if you are running a 64 bit operating system. If it doesn’t show x64 or 64-bit, you have a 32 bit operating system. Thanks for reading and enjoy.
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